Somalia: at least six dead in the Galmadug conflict
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Skirmishes in Galmadug continued for most of Friday with at least six people killed, Information Minister Ahmed Falagle said, noting that the government will deal with the situation.
Galmadug has been a hotspot of skirmishes in the country, ranging from the resurgence of Al-Shabaab, the ASWJ militia and clan fighting, which has escalated over the past two years, nearly plunging the country into the chaos.
“It is unfortunate that there is a resurgence of clan fighting. Six people were killed and many more injured. Galmudug has stood firm and will hold the culprits accountable, ”Falagle said.
Fighting broke out between the two camps in the Kahandhaale area of the Galgadud region on Friday afternoon but the course of the clash was not immediately clear.
According to local sources, “several” people were killed and others injured in the fighting which lasted until Friday afternoon. Tension remains high amid fears of further fighting.
Galmadug, which is in central Somalia, has been a hotspot of chaos and is home to Ahmed Kaliye aka Qoorqoor, a close ally of outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, who has been accused of sabotage.
Under Farmaajo’s administration, the country has been quite unstable and deliberate efforts have been made to expel him from the government during the ongoing elections in the Federal Republic of Somalia.
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